Using a REALTOR® who specializes in commercial listings

Before you start looking to buy a commercial property, you should look for a commercial REALTOR® to help make the process easier.

Of all the time-saving elements that commercial REALTORS® provide for clients like you, understanding and deciphering the paperwork involved in transactions like the purchase of your new property is usually at the top of the list.

Whether you’re expanding to a larger office, graduating to a brick-and-mortar retail space for your online store, or starting a restaurant venture, with a commercial REALTOR® you get a business partner whose main goal is to help you find the right space for you, at the best possible price.


Your commercial Realtor® profile

The commercial REALTOR® you need will have knowledge and expertise in locating the right property for you. Working on your behalf, they will advise, recommend, caution, and counsel you at all the major steps in helping your business succeed in a new location.

Your commercial REALTOR® may have one or more of the following designations:

• AACI – Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute

• ALC – Accredited Land Consultant

• CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member

• CRE – Counselor of Real Estate

• SIOR – Specialist, Industrial and Office Real Estate


Buyer representation

A commercial REALTOR® offers expertise and market knowledge when representing buyers. They can identify locations and negotiate on your behalf, in the process saving you time and money.

Your commercial REALTOR® can help you at each stage of the process from finding your commercial space to finalizing the transaction. Some key steps are outlined below to help you as you start working with your commercial REALTOR®.


Property search

A local commercial REALTOR® knows what’s available and how to find it. They can help you pinpoint exactly what you need by helping you with these considerations:


Location You may want to consider locations that are close to your customers, your home, workers, vendors or suppliers.


Investment Understanding market value will help you know when and where to buy your commercial property.


Finding a space that suits your business needs Consider the square footage, facilities, growth potential, street visibility, parking, security and so on.


Building condition During initial viewings make note of any visible damage or wear and be sure to follow up with a professional inspection.

A commercial REALTOR® can guide through all these steps and more.


Zoning & fees

Zoning Check with your municipal affairs office or municipal planning department for zoning regulations and land use. Find out how to apply for a zoning bylaw amendment if needed.


Insurance Look into insurance coverage required for your new business space.


Taxes Take into account any provincial and municipal taxes as part of your overall cost.


Closing the sale

Consult a legal professional A real estate lawyer will do a title search, review the mortgage agreement and finalize all paperwork.


Renovations and repairs Consider renovation costs to modify a building for your business needs and negotiate the cost of repairs in the sale.


Making an offer When you’re ready, your commercial REALTOR® will help you negotiate and draft a competitive offer. Be prepared for a multiple offer situation.


Start your business on solid footing by using the expertise of a professional REALTOR® who specializes in commercial listings. Visit for the latest listings in our local market.